December 22, 2006

Interesting album news: America and Joni Mitchell

They’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name (ooh, sorry for getting that stuck in your head) and America has a new double album Here & Now coming out in a few weeks on Burgundy Records; notable because it was produced by Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne and James Iha from Smashing Pumpkins.

It also features contributions from Ryan Adams, Ben Kweller, Matthew Caws and Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), Jim James and Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket),and Stephen Bishop and Mark Rozzo (Maplewood). It’s unclear at press time (and by that I mean clicking the orange “Publish Post” button) what, exactly, each of these fine young men contribute to the disc, but count me interested.

Also, there is a new Joni Mitchell tribute album coming out on Nonesuch Records with Prince, Bjork, and Sufjan contributing their versions of Joni tracks. This should be good:

Free Man in Paris – Sufjan Stevens
Boho Dance – Bjork
Dreamland – Caetano Veloso
Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow – Brad Mehldau
For the Roses – Cassandra Wilson
A Case of U – Prince
Blue – Sarah McLachlan
Ladies of the Canyon – Annie Lennox
Magdalena Laundries – Emmylou Harris
Edith and the Kingpin – Elvis Costello
Help Me – k.d. lang
River – James Taylor


  • i really like that JT cover.

    and dude, the America song to get in people’s heads is totally muskrat love. “muskrat, muskrat, muskrat loove.” although, i think they covered muskrat love off someone else. oh man, why do i know this?


    c — December 22, 2006 @ 9:05 am

  • My question is this:

    heather — December 22, 2006 @ 9:10 am

  • You had to be there in that time.
    For some reason it just fit.

    The world was a very different place then.

    Anonymous — December 22, 2006 @ 10:55 am

  • Nice blog you have here! The (whole) title is one of my favorite PJ lyrics.

    BeckEye — December 22, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

  • Greetings from Wales.
    This is the third time I have ended up at your blog when searching out stuff on artists I love.
    Our music tastes are really really similar.
    New to this blogging, first ever post, just wanted to make contact.

    Whats wrong with Muskrat Love ??
    America on a highway near you soon – Cardiff in March !

    Phil Ledger — December 22, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

  • I knew James Iha’s solo album was America in disguise.

    Ron Burgundy,
    Burgundy Records

    Ron Burgundy — December 22, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

  • I’m glad to see that prince is going to back to using the u and hearing about that cd yesterday made me happy. I probably won’t be checking out america though, but if you want to samples are here:
    and there’s more info on the guest appearances here:

    Anonymous — December 22, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

  • ooooh…prince covering joni!? i dont think i could be more excited.

    Don't Need Anything — December 22, 2006 @ 5:18 pm


    There are rumours that she’s releasing a new album of new material in the coming year…

    Anonymous — December 22, 2006 @ 6:38 pm

  • I assume you’ve heard the old Joni tribute album that was all Canuck artists…very good sloan cover of “a case of you”


    Anonymous — December 22, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

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